Bernhard III, London, Henri -
Imitation of Class 5, London, Henri, issued in the name of Bernhard III of Lippe. Obv: BERNhARDV III Oval eyes. Thick crown-band with low central fleur, as in English class 5g. Necklines. Rev: hEI/RIO/NLV/NDE - with ND ligated, and an angular pellet on the N. RIC: 8/8/7/8 No central rosette. Weight: 1.36 gm. Notes: Weweler #51. Coin sold by Muenz Auktion, Germany.
Lippe is located in the east of North Rhine - Westphalia, Germany. The district of Lippe is named after the Lords of Lippe and their Principality of Lippe . It was a state within the Holy Roman Empire and retained statehood until 1947, when it became a district of North Rhine-Westphalia.
After 1180, Bernhard II (1167-1196) and his grandson, Bernhard III, consistently expanded the territory of Lippe. By occupying chief ecclesiastical positions in the North German dioceses, authority extended further and further. This house supplied, amongst others, the bishops of Utrecht (Otto II), Paderborn (Bernhard IV, Simon I, Bernhard V, and Simon III), Bremen (Gerhard II), Munster (Otto II) and the Abbess of Herford (Gertrud). The right of minting dates to 1230.